From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!sundog.tiac.net!usenet Thu Sep 14 09:44:13 1995
From: (Robert S. Minton)
Subject: Shit on the street in Boston
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 1995 08:08:26 GMT
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Report from a Boston picket--I was not let down on my initial
encounter with a clam. When I first walked by this 46 yr old
South African lady now living in the woods of the state of
New Hampshire, she said that both sides of my sign were lies.
About six steps later she approached from behind and asked "what
organization do you represent here? Psychiatry?" I was a bit rude
in explaining that I had learned from reading the truth about Co$
to expect such an attack from a clam.
Later in the day, a more civil discussion took place. She said
she was a child of $cientologists and had never known anything but
Co$. She assured me she was not one of the DANGEROUS THUGS
referred to in my signs which read:
(side one) (side two)
A CULT ON THE INTERNET
RUN BY $CIENTOLOGY
DANGEROUS AND BOSTON'S
THUGS ATTACK EARLE C. COOLEY
FREE SPEECH OF B.U.
ON THEIR HANDS
I encouraged her to get on the net with her family's AOL account
and see some of the truth about $cientology available here and on
the web. She said that over the years she had seen and heard about
so many attacks on Co$ that she didn't believe any of it anymore.
It seems sad but she has truly tuned out the outside world. I hope
there is hope for her.
There were 25-30 protesters at maximum strength who were greeted
by 6-8 OSA or ex OSA types (so I was told by colleagues) whose
basic functions seemed to be isolate-listen-attack-schmooze-listen-
change subject-schmooze. Anywhere from 0-6 other SP contact ready
clams lurked on the front steps putting on some serious happy-go-
lucky wonderful faces so we could all better appreciate the
positive benefits available to us inside for
just a FEW HUNDRED THOUSAND USD. There was also the obligatory
About an hour into the picketing and at full strength, we were
practically abandoned by clams for 15 minutes or so while they
made up their counter protest signs extolling the virtues of Co$.
It was quite a crowded sidewalk for awhile but at all times
peaceful. There were subtle attempts at times to block our signs
to Beacon Street traffic but it was by in large a cordial group
of clams. The counter protest went on for about an hour. It was
however a convenient time to park a white Ford van squarely in
front of the sidewalk ostensibly for the purpose of unloading
stuff for the auditors Ball or what ever it is. Seems typical.
All the contact ready clams were well dressed and prosperous
looking members of society. They were very well spoken and
focused people who looked just like anybody you would see
walking around in Boston, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam,
Helsinki, Madrid or anywhere. They emphasized that it was not
likely that this group of well educated and prosperous people
could be scamed by Co$.
I cannot describe the pity I feel for those people or the
disgust I have with their arrogance.
But answer this two part question for me: Why is it that a pooch
parade in Boston, *which is held to encourage dog owners to pick
up shit after their pet does it bit on the streets or sidewalks*
can generate 1000 plus marchers down Commonwealth Avenue as well
as newspaper and television coverage? and, Why when a so called
church shits all over anybody and everything that gets in their
way, we can put 25-30 people on the street in Boston? Where are
our priorities? Is dog shit more important to us than the lives
that are being damaged by $cientology or their abuse of free
speech or the tactics used to suppress their critics?
An astute poster on the 8th called for us to quote get off our
fat asses unquote. Let me try to translate that. It is all well
and good to feel that the internet has empowered us. But if we
don't become ACTIVISTS to support a cause we believe is morally
right, who will? Activism has had a tremendous start on the net
in exposing the Scandal that IS $cientology. But still enough
people don't know about Co$. The net is still a small group.
I've read here that Co$'s war on the internet will be their
Vietnam. How many body bags and how many people on the streets
did it take for the US government to understand that it was
fighting a war that the country did not want and was therefore
unwinable? The US enemy in Vietnam never lost their focus and
never hesitated to put people on the battlefield. We can be sure
that Co$ will not lose focus or hesitate to sacrifice anyone to
try and survive. We must all must put more vigor into our
Now after all that rambling, I guess the astute poster really
meant to say quote get off our fat asses unquote afterall.
and to quote Brian Andreja excellent
post on 8 Sep 1995 19:23:29 GMT,
Subject: RESPONSE TO ANONYMOUS-"They deserve what they get"
>Naaaahhh, might miss "Baywatch".
A future activist!
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